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LRAC is accepting applications for Legacy arts grants

Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) is now accepting applications for the next Legacy Grant Round.

The deadline for applications is midnight, Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Since January 2010, LRAC has awarded over $900,000 in Legacy grants to public schools, colleges and universities, arts organizations, cities, nonprofit organizations, and individual artists in the nine county LRAC region. 

The LRAC Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant will now have a separate pool of funding for only individual artist applicants. Previously, individual artists have participated in the same grant round as organizations. Responding to the 2012 LRAC Needs Assessment Survey, the LRAC Board approved the creation of a separate grant pool for individual artists. 

For prospective grant applicants, LRAC is providing a free Legacy Grant Writing Workshop on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for organizations, and an individual workshop from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at LRAC’s office, 133 South Mill Street, Fergus Falls. 

Betsy Ostenson, LRAC Grants Manager, will facilitate an interactive training on the components of the Legacy Grant application in the LRAC computer lab. All participants will receive tips on writing and submitting their grant application. The training is open to the public and registration is available on line at, by email at, or by phone 800-262-2787.

The deadline to register for the workshop is Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Interested parties who are not able to attend the August 28 workshop may contact LRAC for one-on-one assistance. LRAC Legacy Grant Guidelines and Applications information are at

What types of projects are funded? A public school could sponsor an artist residency for music, theatre, dance, literary, or visual arts.

A community festival could add a performance or art demonstration to its event.

A city or town could create public art space with a sculpture, mural or other public art installation. A nonprofit group (registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State) could host a concert, an art exhibit, a workshop, a dance etc. for their community.

An individual artist could create new art and offer community workshops or public demonstrations.

A musician could present concerts or teach workshops.

A writer could teach classes or read stories. These are just a few of the many ways to provide greater access for all. Put on your thinking caps and think ART!

The grant review of the individual artist grants will take place on the same evening as the organizations. LRAC’s Board, comprised of representatives from each of the nine counties in LRAC’s service area, will review the Legacy Grant applications at their monthly November meeting.

Minnesota’s Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund are made possible with money from an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

The purpose of the Legacy Fund is to provide Minnesotans greater access to the arts.

LRAC is one of Minnesota’s 11 regional arts councils. Its mission is to encourage and support the arts throughout west central Minnesota (Region 4), specifically serving the counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin.

For further information, visit the website at or call LRAC toll free at 1-800-262-2787.